Zeegelaar's red card came six minutes before Arfield's winner
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Marco Silva has blasted referee Lee Probert’s decision to send off Marvin Zeegelaar as Watford narrowly lost to Burnley at Turf Moor.
Zeegelaar was given his marching orders after being penalised for a two-footed tackle on Steven Defour on 39 minutes.
Moments later Scott Arfield's neat finish gave the home side the lead in what proved to be the winning goal in a game between two managers who were heavily linked to the Everton manager's post.
And Silva, who claimed the referee’s decision to send Zeegelaar off had a big influence on the course of the game, also said that Probert did not want to speak to him after the game.
Silva said: “It’s clear the red card was a harsh, harsh decision by the referee. I saw the pictures again and it did not look like a red card to me.
“The harsh decision had a big big influence on the match. I don’t think the result or the decision by the referee is fair on us.
“The referee did not want to say anything to me, I don’t know why.”
Watford are currently ninth in the Premier League table but have not won any of their last three games.
But the Portuguese manager said he was impressed with Watford’s performance throughout the game.
Silva added: “We knew what type of game we’d get. Burnley are a strong team at home. They are strong with the first and second balls.
“We prepared well for the game and I think we started really well. We had a good attitude. We had a big chance early on with Troy [Deeney] and through Richarlison.”
The Hornets next face Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
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